New G2 Winner for Pentire

Media Release - Saturday February 15

Lightweight runner Polzeath upset the applecart at Ellerslie on Saturday when he took out the Group II Joe McDonald Avondale Cup (2400m).

Polzeath - image Trish DunnellThe lightly raced seven-year-old was having his first attempt in stakes company and his first run beyond 2100m in the Group Two staying feature but handled both challenges with aplomb under the urgings of apprentice Jasmine Fawcett.

Fawcett took the initiative from barrier rise as she sent Polzeath forward to nab the trail behind the early pacemakers. In a truly run race the pair maintained their position against the rail before angling into the clear to hit the front at the 300m.

Polzeath shot clear of the chasing pack and despite being hotly challenged in the final 50m had enough in reserve to hold out the fast finishing Platinum Invador with topweight Etah James nabbing third from pacemaker Masetto.

Co-trainer Moira Murdoch, who prepares the Pentire gelding in partnership with daughter Kieran, was delighted with the victory.

“He’s just an honest little Pentire horse with a whole lot of first-time owners who are all here today,” she said.

“They are thrilled to bits and delighted to see him go so well.

“It was a lovely ride because she was on the fence and I was thinking oh no, but she popped him out when she needed to.

“I think we were aided by that horse (Masetto) going strong and when we popped out from behind him, we were right there.

“He dug his little toes in and away he went.”

The victory also marked a special occasion for Fawcett with the win being her first at Group level.

“I won my first race on a Pentire and now I’ve won my first Group race on another Pentire so it’s a great moment,” she said.

“I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, got the run of the race and he is the most genuine horse I’ve ever ridden.

“They wanted me outside the leader but he jumped so good I had no option but to go to the fence.

“He was comfortable and had a lot of energy turning for home and he found the line really strong.”

Runner-up Platinum Invador lost no admirers after finishing powerfully from the rear of the field as be builds to a start in the Gr.1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (3200m) on March 7 where he is now the outright favourite at $3.80 in the Fixed Odds market ahead of Australian raider Azuro at $5.   – NZ Racing Desk


Race Result - Avondale Cup Gr2 2400m

Ellerslie Track: Dead(4) Time: 2:29.86
T: M & K Murdoch J: J J Fawcett 52
7g Pentire (GB) x Arniston (NZ) (Volksraad (GB))
Platinum Invador
T: Ms L Latta J: L G Innes 59
4g Redwood (GB) x Atomic Dancer (AUS) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Etah James
T: M Lupton J: S M Mc Kay 59
7m Raise The Flag (GB) x Etah (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))
T: M Moroney & P Gerard J: C E Lammas 58
4g Cape Blanco (IRE) x Passchendaele (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE))
Paisley Park
T: G N Richardson J: M J Mc Nab 55
5g Azamour (IRE) x Musical Magic (GB) (Mozart (IRE))
T: S B Marsh J: M Cameron 55
6g Ekraar (USA) x Felt That (NZ) (Faltaat (USA))
T: J Lupton J: T D Thornton 54.5
7m Shocking (AUS) x Evaline (NZ) (Van Nistelrooy (USA))
T: A W Pike J: M T Coleman 52
4m Showcasing (GB) x Forever And Ever (IRE) (Monsun (GER))
T: M P Breslin J: O P Bosson 59
6m Alamosa (NZ) x St Jessie (AUS) (Jetball (AUS))
Dragon Storm
T: C Gibbs & M Bradley J: L H Satherley 52
5g Shocking (AUS) x Prize Lady (NZ) (Prized (USA))
Concert Hall
T: R James & R Wellwood J: R T Elliot 58.5
5m Savabeel (AUS) x Classic Legacy (NZ) (Carnegie (IRE))
Final Suggestion
T: C Gibbs & M Bradley J: A C Goindasamy 52
5g Any Suggestion (AUS) x Replicate (NZ) (Towkay (AUS))
T: S B Marsh J: D S Johnson 53
5g Savabeel (AUS) x Starry (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
T: S F Ritchie J: Richard Oliver 54.5
6g Tavistock (NZ) x Strabelle (NZ) (Stravinsky (USA))
T: Ms C Cameron J: R Kozaki 52
5m Ocean Park (NZ) x O'Gio (AUS) (O'Reilly (NZ))
T: D & E Haworth J: L J Allpress 56.5
6g Towkay (AUS) x Steel Stilettos (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
T: P G Tucker J: M Hashizume 52
6g Man Of Power (AUS) x Angel Breeze (NZ) (City On A Hill (USA))
Daytona Red
T: S F Ritchie J: S C Spratt 54
6g Sebring (AUS) x Move On Up (AUS) (Iglesia (AUS))
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